Fall Japanese Maple Study, Part 2 – 6 pics

Part two of this series continues my visual study of this grand Garnet Japanese Maple specimen at Greensboro Arboritum.  The color variability in this cultivar (which stands for cultivated variety) is quite striking.  As shown in the composition below, I found sections of the tree where color varied widely in a small contained area.   This could happen even at a sub-branch level.

Garnet Japanese Maple Detail 4
Garnet Japanese Maple Detail 4

Conversely, other sections appear more uniform in display of color over a much larger area (see below).  As mentioned in my earlier post, the Garnet is of the Acer Palmatum form know as dissectum.  The beauty and drama in the dissectums comes from their deeply divided “toothed” leaf lobes and branching structures.

Garnet Japanese Maple Detail 6
Garnet Japanese Maple Detail 6

The interior view below features the beautiful branching structure of this stately old specimen.   As such, mature dissectums are also prized for their dramatic winter branching silhouette.  Back in the spring of 2016, I was inspired by a dissectum at the Biltmore Estate to research, write and post about the amazing branching structures found in nature – An Elegant, Intelligent Design.

Garnet Interior Detail Composition
Garnet Interior Detail Composition

As part of this study, I experimented with some extreme processing techniques and filtering to achieve an abstract feel.  The composition below was processed in Filter Forge 7.0.

Garnet Japanese Maple Detail 5 Abstract
Garnet Japanese Maple Detail 5 Abstract

Despite the dramatic color available in my compositions, I wanted to try to display the tree’s features using black and white tonality.  I experimented with several luminescence settings in the reds, yellows and greens.  A slight bump in red luminosity and a moderate bump in the greens seemed to promote a broader range to foliage tonality.  I found it particularly challenging to maintain the a range of tonality in the lighter tones.  I’m tempted to look at it again tomorrow.

Garnet Interior Black and White Composition
Garnet Interior Black and White Composition

The final image is another dramatic styling approach applied to a “busy” image.  This “styled” process includes some pen strokes along edges, which helps a little in defining the foliage.  But, its still quite busy!

Garnet Japanese Maple Detail 3 Abstract
Garnet Japanese Maple Detail 3 Abstract

I appreciate you taking time to visit my blog.  These compositions are best viewed by clicking on the image to see a high resolution version from my portfolio site.  Hope folks had a lovely Thanksgiving.

Cheers,

C.S.

 

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